Natural string, rope, and cordage making workshop (1 Viewer)

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This will be my 1st time at the jambo but I would love to teach people about making cordage from nature. Once you learn the method, you can harvest different plants from anywhere on Earth to create rope of any length and thickness, for free! This is a super useful skill, as well as very relaxing and meditative to do, what do you all think, should I do a workshop for this or does it sound boring?
 
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I think it would be useful, specially for people who are trying get community started in tge woods
 
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I think it's an awesome idea, especially if you can harvest rope material in the area?
I've never been to the area so I don't know right now, but there are plants in every environment that work, so maybe that would be part of the workshop, IDing and gathering materials!
 
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I think it would be useful, specially for people who are trying get community started in tge woods
Absolutely it is, once you start learning the faster methods of cording that's when it becomes really useful. Also it's way cooler than paracord or baling twine
 

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I've never been to the area so I don't know right now, but there are plants in every environment that work, so maybe that would be part of the workshop, IDing and gathering materials!
you can use yucca leaves. which I'm pretty sure is fairly common in the region.
 
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I will probably bring materials from pullman so I make the jambo simpler for myself, but I want to teach people this if they're willing to learn
 

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I will probably bring materials from pullman so I make the jambo simpler for myself, but I want to teach people this if they're willing to learn
Okay, I'll put your workshop into the official schedule and let you know when it's released so you can let me know if there needs to be any adjustments to the timing.
 

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I was very impressed by inner mesquite bark. Last year I was stripping it from trees that got killed in camp burn outs over the summer.

A note on agaves and yuccas:
They dont occur naturally on the floor of the valley anymore, but there are some big blue agaves in brawley you can go grab.

Its easier to remove the fibers from the leaves if you cook it first.
I Boil the shit out of them for 5-6 hours, But I’ve read the native peoples would make a large fire then bake them overnight on the coals, probably more efficient this way.

Anyway then pounded the leaves with a rock to soften the flesh. Go to a stream with some good flow(the lower canal) pull off an inch thick chunk of fiber and flesh , pinch and run your fingers down the length a few times, like your stripping a rosemary sprig. The blue agave juice makes your skin itch, so rubber gloves are reccomended.


Helps to have a rack near by to hang the clean fibers on so they dont get all tangled while they dry

Also waxing the fibers with pure bees wax makes the twisting easier.
 
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